STEM Quarry visit

    18 January

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    “Mr Campbell (Head of Engineering) took his GCSE Engineering class on their first field visit to Temple Quarry (part of the White Mountain Engineering / Lagan group) this week to witness first hand, some of the classroom taught theory.

    Temple Quarry could not have been more accommodating and offered the pupils a valuable induction into how the complex process of quarrying is carried out. Pupils witnessed first-hand how the production process was planned, how controlled explosions were carried out and the how the wide range of health and safety implications were regulated on site. Following the presentation the class was split into 5 4x4 off road vehicles and experienced the full tour of the extensive temple quarry site.

    It was the first time that many of our pupils had seen anything on such a scale and the staff a Temple Quarry ensured that no stone (quite literally) was left unturned.

    “The visit was great and I couldn’t believe how many processes were used to get 10mm stones” Robbie Gomes

    “I’ve never seen anything like this before…it has been really interesting” Alvin Yip (Boarder, Hong Kong)

    Learning experiences such as this helps us ensure that our pupils connect their learning from the classroom to the realities of the workplace. It also offers them an insight into the wide plethora of occupations that are opened up by pursuing STEM subjects and adds further insight into career pathways for the future.

    A special thanks must be given to Glenn Henry, The Production and logistics manager (Old Campbellian) who really went out of his way to ensure the Campbell pupils had a fantastic and worthwhile visit to Temple Quarry. He is keen that we continue to visit on an annual basis and was delighted that he could offer something back to the school he left in 1992”